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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffMonte B Cowboy Date: Sep 24, 2012 8:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: it done wore out...any recommendations?

Conversely, if you're gonna spend in the $100-range, you might also consider getting a used iPhone instead. (Don't buy a new one.) Look for one with an undamaged screen and a good battery. Look for any useful accessories that come with it. This way you don't need to blow money on a Carrier Contract or a smartphone Data Plan.

Used iPhones work well as a vamped-up iPod. Put your favorite music and shows on your iPhone. Rotate them and "re-burn" them using iTunes, something you can't do with most CDs. The 8 GB iPhones will be cheapest. Use VBR MP3 file format and you can fit plenty of shows on 8 GB. (Good ear buds helps alot, especially ones that fit well in your ears.) It comes with a camera that can take pictures or record live video. Or you can record Audio only with the mic. You can put a music library on it. You can put a photo library on it. You can put a movie library on it. Safari browser comes standard on it. You can browse the internet for free at any hot spot location with a free login. I do all the above.

If you always leave 1 GB space free, you can pretty much video tape anything, anywhere, any length.

If you lose your cheap used iPhone, who cares? I've already found an iPhone 4 and an iPod Touch recently, just laying in the ditch.

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Poster: cosmicharIie Date: Sep 24, 2012 9:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: it done wore out...any recommendations?

wow! I guess I'm waaay behind the curve on this. I burn from flac/shn so I can own and share the best quality "Hard Copy" with people and friends, then they can do the (ugh)MP3 - itune thing. I'd even use an iPhone for flac, but I still need an external Burner, per my original question, right?

I quit giving/mailing cassette tapes @2004 when I got access to a PC (other than the library who's computers do not burn)

So no burner recommendations?

This post was modified by cosmicharIie on 2012-09-24 16:15:22

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffMonte B Cowboy Date: Sep 24, 2012 9:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: it done wore out...any recommendations?

I avoid using CDs like the plague. I prefer to burn to DVDs, as little as possible. I don't use my CD player. For sharing lots of shows cheaply, use memory sticks instead.

Here's a bunch of external CD / DVD burners for $30:
http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=420&name=External-CD-DVD-Blu-Ray-Drives

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Poster: cosmicharIie Date: Sep 24, 2012 9:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: it done wore out...any recommendations?

thank you! :)

hmmm...are there any car stereo's where you can just plug in a memory stick and it will play Wav files - gap free?

This post was modified by cosmicharIie on 2012-09-24 16:42:23

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffMonte B Cowboy Date: Sep 25, 2012 9:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: it done wore out...any recommendations?

I subscribe to the cheapest, fastest, best method: you can always have any two of these three going together, but you'll never have all three of them going together.

Again... your car stereo solution should be extremely simple, fast and cheap. All it needs to do is to interface its audio input with your iPod or iPhone audio output. Cars are noisy inside, especially at higher speeds. Unless your car is super-quiet inside all of the time, and you're listening with high-end ear buds or an exotic car audio system, the VBR MP3 lossy format will work just fine in your car 99.99% of the time. Think about it...

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Poster: Skobud Date: Sep 25, 2012 10:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: it done wore out...any recommendations?

Hey Charlie -

I dont know about aftermarket car stereo's, but I do know that there are a few makes out there that have the capability you are describing already built in. I drive a Nissan and the upgraded stereo has the capability - its pretty cool and very handy. The USB is in the center console and you can plug and play. It will play most formats except for lossless(MP3, WAV, AAC). It will also play DVD's(but only if the car is in park).

I know that Honda is introducing the same technology as well. It would not supreise me if aftermarket car stereo's are going in the same direction.

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Poster: eyeballjackson Date: Sep 25, 2012 10:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: it done wore out...any recommendations?

Can't you do all this with a used iPod Touch... which runs iOS but isn't a phone? And might be even cheaper?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffMonte B Cowboy Date: Sep 25, 2012 11:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: it done wore out...any recommendations?

The one iPod Touch Classic I have is the one I found six months ago in the gutter. It doesn't have a camera or a mic. So, there's no taping anything and no taking pictures. But, I've loaded video and photo libraries onto it, and a music library. The iPod Touch's speed (time it takes to load and display my playlists and photo directories) is slower than an iPhone. Everything on my iPod Touch plays, displays, and sounds very good. I never used the wireless stuff built into it. After using it for a couple of months, I started wanting a used one with a camera. Two months ago I bought a used iPhone 3 GS 8GB in excellent condition and a great price. Then I found an iPhone 4 32GB about a month ago in the woods while I was hiking around.

My old 4GB Nano has the best controls for listening to music if you're riding a bicycle (or driving a car). The rotary volume control and the track control can be operated with one finger, without turning the device on, and without looking at it. This is very important to me.

The iPod Touch and the iPhone have good volume controls. But I've not found any way to change tracks on them without turning the device on and looking at it. If someone knows how to do this better, please tell me how... thanks.

I believe the price and value really depends on the user's situation. How you operate it in the field determines how quickly the battery discharges. The camera is another important feature. The condition of the device's display and battery are very important. Then factor in the accessories included, which model, and how many GB. 32GB is the minimum size I would want to have for playing lossless audio.